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Smashwords book reviews by DoloresMatthews

  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on July 21, 2015

    This is a great short story. If you like danger and adventure this is just the right readd for you. I listened to this author speak at our local library a few days ago. He read a chapter from his book Sailors Delight and it was very interesting. He told us about this free story on Smashwords, so I grabbed it and read it. Recommended.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on March 09, 2016

    I just read this and enjoyed it. I've been thinking about publishing some poems and a collection of stories. This book has many good ideas for building your network, marketing books. Lot's of high-tech and creative ideas I never would have thought of.
  • The Golden Hall on March 09, 2016

    It makes sense to me that this is the highest rated book of poetry here on Smashwords. These poems are wonderfully written. The layout and proofreading is high quality. Most of all, they are full of battles, romance, mystery, curses, witchery, heroes and celebration. Many of these poems ring with images and references that took me back to the olde norse literature. I imagined vikings and romans after battle. I imagined midnight incantations, old soldiers commiserating over beers after a bloody battle. I really appreciate the time the author took to write these and publish these poems.
  • The Pirate on March 09, 2016

    I enjoyed this story and the references to the classic poem. The images and scenes and setting were well drawn, had a true sense of being there. It was told in a kind-of poetic way - like there was a bit of magic subtly mixed in. I think the author should put a nice cover on this book (it deserves it). Otherwise it's great.
  • Ouch! That Hurts on March 09, 2016

    This is a fun little story. The author has a snappy sense of humor that I envy, able to lay in the one line jokes . . . several per paragraph. The story starts on a sailboat, but other than that it isn't really a sea story but I liked it anyway. I'm a huge fan of sea yarns and this is listed in the Sea Adventure category, so I was expecting something a bit different.
  • On the Edge of Darkness on March 09, 2016
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    I really like sea stories and enjoyed this one. This sea-faring war story is chock full of action and maritime details. The British navy and marines are using new aggressive and hostile tactics in WWII, and they are vividly recounted by a sailor who obviously has plenty of first hand knowledge.
  • Mint and the Golden Compass on March 09, 2016

    I enjoyed this tale but have to agree with this author that it's a side project that did not take off. The story holds together but the good parts are mixed with characters doing things that I didn't quite understand. If the author made another run at revisions I think it would fit together quite well.
  • Throw It Back (A Very Short Pirate Story) on March 09, 2016

    This mystery sea story has some great elements, including treasure, pirate lore, old fisherman and a secret curse. There are even some supernatural elements that keep the mystery going. A good read.
  • Between Bahama and the Deep Blue Sea on March 09, 2016

    This story has good bones. It includes all the elements of the genre that you might expect: bad guys, a damsel in distress, a good guy to go rescue her, romance, adventure, boats, tropical islands. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by this author.
  • SNAFU: Everyone Has Their Demons on March 09, 2016

    This story is a cut above most. It has a setting, characters and plot that set the hook in me right away. If you like war stories, sea stories and / or paranormal stories (I like all three) this story is the trifecta for you. No hesitation giving this 5-stars.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on March 09, 2016

    My brain is now fully saturated with tasks to perform as I get ready to publish my ebook. This book is very thorough with every thing you can imagine about ebook marketing. I'm going to tell all my friends and relatives, join all the groups I can on all the social networks, update my email signature, start a blog and shout out about my book from every window and rooftop and I find. This is really exciting, watch out world here I come.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on March 10, 2016

    You'll need top notch MS Word skills to do the layout for your book on Smashwords. This step by step guide is absolutely essential for anyone who plans to publish on Smashwords. I think my skills are there but I guess I'll find out. If not this book includes references to some experts who can do the layout for you for a fee. If it's too tough to figure out, it might be best to spend your time writing another book and pay someone to do the layout for you.
  • Two Cats and a Chicken Shop Mystery on Aug. 21, 2017

    Nice use of humor, mystery and history. If you have lived in or spent time in Madrid you will enjoy this story.
  • Frost on Aug. 21, 2017

    To be fair, I read only two pages. You might like this better, and at least it's free.
  • Alaskan Sailing Adventure on Aug. 21, 2017

    I read widely but I like sea stories best. This is a rough and tumble tale about several young men who go to Alaska and spend some time learning to sail with a salty old guy. Everyone involved gets way more than they signed up for, which is often how it goes when you are on a boat on the open waters with high winds and big waves.
  • Doobie Of Death on Aug. 21, 2017

    This is some kooky shit. There are so many free books on SW, so I grab several at a time. If they don't grab me in the first paragraph I delete it and move on. This one held me for almost 3 pages but it wandered around and tried too hard to be funny and kooky. I appreciate the author's dedication to writing. Keep at it.
  • The Pirate, Part I: The Traitor on Aug. 21, 2017

    This story got better and better with every page. It's not your typical military, law enforcement, crime plot. You think all these coast guard sailors and DEA agents are squeaky-clean good guys, but they're not.
  • On the Edge of Darkness on Aug. 21, 2017

    Authentic story about tough Marines on special operations. Told with inside knowledge and quite a bit of procedural detail if you go for that sort of thing. The new tactics described were controversial at the time, but they were needed to win the war.